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Paul Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020

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Vintage: 2020
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  • JD 97
  • VIN 93
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Wine Description

Paul Lato Chardonnay ‘Le Souvenir’ Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020 is a remarkable expression of balance and tension. Sourced from the esteemed Sierra Madre Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley appellation, this wine captivates with its intriguing mineral character and vibrant profile. Crafted by the talented winemaker Paul Lato, it is a true testament to his expertise and dedication.

In the glass, this Chardonnay displays a pale golden color that shimmers with elegance. The aroma is beautifully aromatic, unveiling notes of vibrant Hawthorne flowers, crushed rock, and enticing key lime pie. These scents intertwine harmoniously, drawing you in with their alluring complexity.

On the palate, Le Souvenir offers a steely and precise entry, driven by high-toned acidity. The flavors unfold gracefully, revealing the essence of Meyer lemon zest and tangy lime rind. The crisp and bright characteristics of this wine linger on the tongue, resulting in one of the lengthiest finishes in Paul Lato’s lineup. It leaves a lasting impression that invites you to savor each sip.

Renowned wine critics have showered praise on this exceptional Chardonnay. Jeb Dunnuck awarded it an impressive 97 points, highlighting its ripe and powerful nature. The wine has a light and concentrated flavor with hints of melon, honeyed lemon, toasted bread, and almond paste. The finish showcases classic Santa Maria salinity and minerality, adding to its overall appeal.

Additional critical acclaim comes from Wine Advocate, with a score of 96 points. The vintage has a charmingly traditional style with mature fragrances of apricot, apple pie, nutmeg, and jasmine. The full-bodied palate is beautifully ripe and concentrated, boasting seamless acidity and creamy banana nuances on the long finish. Aged for 16 months in 45% new French oak, this wine exudes elegance and finesse.

Vinous also joins in with 93 points, noting that the 2020 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard Le Souvenir strikes a delightful balance between richness and energy. The beverage features a blend of lemon confit, white pepper, tangerine oil, and dried flowers, along with subtle tropical undertones. Despite its weighty feel, this extrovertive Chardonnay remains captivating, offering a myriad of pleasures to explore.

Paul Lato Chardonnay ‘Le Souvenir’ Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020 is a truly exceptional California Chardonnay, showcasing the finest qualities of the Santa Maria Valley. With its harmonious interplay of flavors, bright acidity, and remarkable length, this wine is a testament to the artistry of Paul Lato and the renowned Sierra Madre Vineyard. Enjoy it now or cellar it for the next 4-6 years to witness its continued evolution.

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Weight 3.50 lbs

Reviews (63)

63 reviews for Paul Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020

  1. Sabrina Jeune

    Toasty oak aroma, richly styled and delightful. Price?

  2. Debra Yamakawa

    Excellent Chardonnay! Stone fruit, citrus, minerality, full-bodied with subtle oak.

  3. Jack Laurent

    Three bottles, all excellent. No detail. Last one.

  4. Erica Castillo

    Perfectly balanced with enthusiastic flair!

  5. Robert Grindstaff

    Intense, mineral Chardonnay. Light yellow, medium body. Lemon, rocks, saltwater on the nose. Pear, gooseberry, quartz, almond extract on the palate. Sour finish. Not creamy or fruity. Taut energy. Needs air. Drink in next year or two.

  6. David Callis

    Fantastic with aeration, bursting with tangerine and perfect harmony.

  7. Marty Leng

    The perfect wine for Easter dinner. Complex and unique, with flavors of marzipan, almonds, and round fruit. Surprisingly Chardonnay. A conversation starter, leaving guests wanting more. Excellent choice!

  8. Todd Roush

    Excellent wine; improved with an hour of aeration.

  9. Jodi Banks

    Nose: Steel, lemon, hint of vanilla. Taste: Smooth, buttery pear, lemon, steel.

  10. Johnny Scott

    Delicious Cali Chard with honeyed finish. Top-notch acidity, notes of lemon, white peach, and cream crackers. Great now, more complexity to come.

  11. Luis Warner


  12. Wayne Royals

    2019 Los Olivos Trip: Strong oak on the nose, but palate offers great balance. Fruit, oak, acid, texture all working together. Needs more time. 94-95, potential to improve.

  13. Bruce Purdy

    Good chard, but falls short of the hype. Barrel wood, vanilla, cream notes. Enjoyable, lacks depth of fruit. Slightly too acidic, sour aftertaste. Overall, a decent wine.

  14. Laquita Warren

    Crisp and citrusy with a touch of oak and smoke. Moderately long finish.

  15. Joshua Grimsley

    Stunning wine! Complex, bright acidity, classic peach, citrus, oak, and vanilla. Absolute harmony. Huuuge length. Fantastic Chardonnay. Thrilled to have five bottles left.

  16. Kevin Holton

    Pale yellow, slightly cloudy. Aromas of lemon thyme and oak. Tastes of tangerines, lemons, and oyster liquor. Smooth with a long finish. Nice.

  17. Clifford Coleman

    Delicate pale gold. Hints of citrus on the nose, followed by butter, peach, and creamy flavors. A truly enjoyable wine from Paul Lato, slightly more subtle than the bold Duvarita. Love them both.

  18. Michael Morse

    Impressive chardonnay with tropical fruit, brioche, and light spice notes. Great aromatics, texture, and balance. Enjoy over 5-7 years. Great juice.

  19. Diane Koch

    Fantastic wine with a floral aroma, rich but not heavy. Balanced oak, savory notes, and a finish of bitter pip and chalk.

  20. David Thomas

    Lemon yellow. Med-full bodied. Med acid. Muted vanilla/toast. Long finish. Very nice.

  21. Beatrice Snow

    Great wine, light color. Oak is subtle, but could use more citrus or green apple notes. Young, but has potential. Excited to have another bottle in the cellar.

  22. Steven Owens

    With a little time, it opened up beautifully and will only get better with age.

  23. Andrew Fredeen

    Drink now. Uncork within a year or two. No need to wait.

  24. William Beach

    This wine boasts tropical fruit notes, a touch of spice from medium oak, and a refreshing finish. It drinks beautifully now and will age well for 3-5 years. Fans of Aubert Chardonnay will love it. Great potential.

  25. Christy Sharp

    Well-crafted new world chardonnay. Notes of sweet lemon and oak. Medium-plus bodied with a lingering finish. Fruit-forward with a hint of acidity.

  26. Barbara Bailey

    Tropical fruits, spicy oak, and refreshing acidity. Enjoy now or age for 3-5 years. Perfect for Aubert Chardonnay fans. Great potential.

  27. Tim Martin

    Full-bodied and perfect for Thanksgiving, but the overly sweet fruit was a letdown. Medium finish, lacked complexity.

  28. Maria Low

    Great quality for the price. Refreshing and balanced.

  29. Jose Lee

    A unique wine with bubble gum aromas, richer and more interesting than its counterpart. Notes of salinity and minerality add depth. May have a longer lifespan. Richness limits consumption to one glass at a time.

  30. Noel Guillory

    Medium-bodied reminiscent of Aubert. Pineapple, peach, lemon with oak and spices. 20 second finish. Gained body, slight loss of minerality compared to last year. Lovely with King crab legs. 94-95.

  31. Elizabeth Wester

    Delicious and case-worthy. Avoid over-chilling.

  32. Beth Acencio

    Superbly balanced with rich mouthfeel. Notes of lemon, butter, brioche, peach, and apricot. Good acidity for balance and lift. Medium length, moderate complexity. Perfect now, ages well.

  33. Todd Harvey

    Paul Lato’s golden straw wine embodies the beauty of California’s Central Coast. With notes of pear, honeycrisp apples, white peach, and a hint of pink grapefruit, it is a true masterpiece.

  34. Laurie Dale

    Impressive wine with tropical fruit, spice notes, integrated oak. Richness without heaviness. Lively acidity, ages well. Good juice.

  35. Brandon Coleman

    Cold start, reminiscent of white Burgundy. Evolved with warmth, adding sweetness. Rich palate, citrus, peach, honeycomb. Slightly hot finish, high acidity. Enjoyable now, potential for aging.

  36. Angela Rhyne

    Creamy yet lively Chardonnay with precision in flavor and finish. Impressive and within its prime. Aromas of lemon meringue, fresh pear, and ocean air. Flavors of ripe peach, grapefruit, and vanillin. Classy and complex, outshining other top producers. Great value at $75. Strong on the second day.

  37. Maria Silver

    Well-crafted chardonnay with lemon, citrus, and a touch of oak.

  38. David Thomas

    Delicious California chardonnay – buttery, golden, well-rounded with good acidity and a long finish. A perfect sipper on a hot day.

  39. William Arvesen

    Evolutionary wine with tropical fruit, baked bread, hazelnut, and light smoke. Richness without excess. Excellent with food. Impressive depth and texture. Comparable to top California wines. Good juice.

  40. Sidney Martenez

    Fresh, crisp, with notes of lemon peel and mandarin orange. Perfect for pairing with stinky cheeses and scallops. Rating: 93+.

  41. Anthony Singleton

    Impressive wine. Tropical fruit, balanced acidity, and subtle spice. Depth, texture. Paul Lato’s winemaking is truly special. Good juice.

  42. Dorothy Candelaria

    Paul Lato’s $70 single vineyard Chardonnay is a balanced, intense, and deep wine. With aromas of peach, apricot, and praline shavings, and flavors of lemon meringue, gooseberry, hazelnut, and saline, it offers a firm but expansive finish. Rated 95, with potential for improvement in 2023.

  43. Yvonne Howard

    Impressive Chardonnay, could benefit from aging.

  44. India Vigil

    Consistently great with perfect balance. Long finish, crave-worthy sips. Best so far. Case worthy.

  45. Jeanne Ramirez

    Fresh and acidic, with familiar notes.

  46. Robert Kirby

    Balanced Chardonnay with tropical fruit, spice, and integrated oak. Depth, texture, and a touch of acidity. Aromatically stimulating. A top Chardonnay from the Central Coast. Good juice.

  47. Sean Bullman


  48. James Joslyn

    Bracing chardonnay, not for butter/oak lovers. Pale yellow, medium-bodied. Citrusy with minerality and unctuous finish. Unsure of aging potential, but why wait?

  49. Pearl Johnson

    Exquisite CA chardonnay.

  50. David Bueno

    Complex and balanced with pineapple and kiwi flavors. Medium finish.

  51. David Marsh

  52. Yvonne Doe

    Incredible complexity, acidity, and balance. Paul and his team are doing great work.

  53. Wendy Shim

    This wine is simply amazing. Perfectly enjoyable. Great with RAMEN.

  54. Rhonda Vidot

    First bottle of Paul Lato – won’t be the last. Like Kistler, with sweet butter, lemon, pear, and apple notes. Balanced and delicious.

  55. Mollie Alston

    Decent power, length, and a savory finish. Dry, not bitter. Not as opulent, but good overall.

  56. Joann Washington

    Paul Lato’s NY wine: unbelievably well-made, complex and rich. Honeyed citrus fruit, brioche, acacia flowers, tropical undertones. Powerful yet elegant, weightless. Perfect balance. Very long, smooth, lively acidity. Impressed as a European white Burgundy lover.

  57. Esther Benjamin

    April 2020 was my first taste of this Chardonnay, and now, on my fifth bottle, it remains a treasure. Richness in perfect harmony with fruit and acidity, with impressive length. Pair it with lamb chops and roasted cauliflower – an ideal match. Perfect for those seeking a lighter pairing with grilled meats. I must get more!

  58. Todd Johnson

    Under the radar California wine with a perfect balance of tropical fruit, spice, bread, and floral notes. Great choice.

  59. Sidney Perkins

  60. Bonnie Arcizo

    Elegant, precise, and clean. Great acidity. Medium-bodied, pale color. Hints of floral, ginger, pineapple. Alluring, compelling like Paul’s wines. Well made, stellar fruit.

  61. Mark Bobek

    Decent, but cheaper options available.

  62. Alexa Stone

    Delightful wine with notes of white flowers, orange peel, brioche, and tangerine. Subtle oak undertones. Saving my last bottle for later.

  63. June Chaffins

    A vibrant yellow/gold wine with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Silky and full-bodied, with a smooth, palate-saturating finish. Less delicate, more full-bodied than other Lato wines.

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Critical Acclaim

WA 96
Wine Advocate
The 2020 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard has a pleasantly old-school style, with ripe aromas of apricot, apple pie, nutmeg and jasmine. The full-bodied palate is ripe, concentrated and satiny with seamless acidity and creamy banana touches on the long finish. It comes from 27-year-old Wente clone vines and matured for 16 months in 45% new French oak. Best After 2022.
JD 97
Jeb Dunnuck
From a great site outside of Santa Maria, the 2020 Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard is another ripe, powerful Chardonnay revealing musky notes of melon, honeyed lemon, toasted bread, and hints of almond paste and chalky minerality. Full-bodied, concentrated, and layered on the palate, it stays remarkably light on its feet, has good acidity, and a great finish that picks up some classic Santa Maria salinity and minerality.
VIN 93
The 2020 Chardonnay Sierra Madre Vineyard Le Souvenir is a classic Santa Maria Chardonnay that balances richness and energy. Lemon confit, white pepper, tangerine oil, dried flowers and light tropical accents abound. The 2020 feels a bit heavy, but this extroverted Chardonnay has a ton to offer.

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Winemaker of Paul Lato Chardonnay Le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard 2020

Paul Lato

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